Vincent Spolarich

June 21, 1931 - September 16, 2021
Vincent Spolarich

Vincent Spolarich, 90, of Wilmington, NC died Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Lower Cape Fear Life Care, Hospice of Wilmington.

Born June 21, 1931, in Camerovac, Yugoslavia, he was the son of the late Mile and Anna (Maranich) Spolarich. In 1937 he came to America as an immigrant from Yugoslavia. He entered the United States at the Port of Ellis Island and migrated to Ambridge, PA where he lived and worked until he retired then moved to North Carolina.

He was a retired employee of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. He previously sang in the church choir and was an usher. He was a member of the Wilmington Senior Softball League and Senior Bowling League, a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union and a Korean War Veteran. He loved to golf, read, and watch his grandchildren play sports. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan and loved watching wrestling on TV.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, his son Donald (Donnie), a brother Donald and two sisters, Catherine, and Mary.

Surviving are his daughters Debra Cool (Harry Cool), Castle Hayne, NC, and Doreen Murnock (Rick Murnock), Purlear, NC. Daughter-in-law, Diana Spolarich, Castle Hayne, NC and his sister Catherine Losch, New Smyrna Beach, FL. His grandchildren Jennifer Murnock Schriber (Alex), Wake Forest, NC, Amber Spolarich Langley (Jake), Cedar Grove, NC, Sarah Murnock Mellon (Bryan), Jacksonville, NC, Adam Spolarich (Daniella), Wollongong, Australia and his four beautiful great grandchildren, numerous nieces, and nephews.

He loved to dance, sing, and smile. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, September 21st, 2:00 PM, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4849 Castle Hayne Rd., Castle Hayne, NC 28429.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lower Cape Fear Life Care, Hospice of Wilmington, NC, or St. Stanislaus Church.

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  • September 19, 2021
    Patricia Davis lit a candle:
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  • September 19, 2021
    Cindy Hovanec says:
    Uncle Vinco was the heartbeat of our entire family. His fun loving caring spirit is what I will always remember and especially twirling me around the dance floor. The man was FUN!! Everyone in our family adored him. He and Aunt Kathy always were a thumbs up letting us girls have another sleep over… I felt so at home at their house. I will miss him as much as Aunt Kathy. She’s with me every day….I’ve modeled my cleaning and gardening skills after her…she was so talented!! And he will be too..let’s all challenge ourselves to be just like that kind gentle giant named Vinco!❤️

  • September 17, 2021
    Chris Hackenbrack says:
    Best Polka dancer ever!!!! Even if you didn't know how to polka, he would almost lift you off the floor as he lead you around the dance floor. He once bought me a book "How to Watch Sports on TV" because I asked too many questions during a hockey game we were watching in the basement at the old house. Love you Uncle Vinco, the world has lost a great Brach player and a really sweet guy.